Date: 14th September 2018 at 7:00am
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Saturday’s late kick-off as proper football returns following the September international break sees Aston Villa take on Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park and on the back of the 4-1 hammering by Sheffield United ahead of the break – well, this one is going to be interesting.

Blackburn also got hammered ahead of the break with an identical scoreline at the hands of Bristol City so both sides will be out to prove a point but one thing is for sure, manager Steve Bruce will make changes as the pressure is really beginning to mount now with a pretty torn fan base.

Elmohamady, Chester, Jedinak, Hutton,
Bolasie, McGinn, Whelan, El Ghazi,

I’d say the above is probably the way he’ll pivot, get the names of the new signings in with the hope they give people a lift and he’ll be expecting a scrap so I can see Glenn Whelan returning. The rest of the squad picks itself really, we appear to have created a partially new bomb squad of former regulars who are now second string and at best on the bench, do I don’t see them appearing.

I say that in the full knowledge that the above starting XI won’t please people completely, especially as it’s not two up top in the true sense. But whether any injuries I’m not aware of change that – it’s my punt at it.

We’re tied in the table with Rovers on nine points and I can’t see a draw here.


3 Replies to “There Will Be Changes For Villa Against Blackburn & I Don’t Think You Have To Ponder Hard On What They’ll Be”

  • How about : ( ! ) – all either on loan or not used.

    Richards, Elphick, Suliman, Clark,
    de Laet, Gardner, Lyden, Green,

    Must admit I was struggling for a striker but maybe it was not 100% McCormack’s fault.

  • I cannot think of more profligate manager of a current football squad than Bruce. His latest team permutation may or may not gel, but so many shifts in personnel usually leads to more problems that it solves. It is worth noting he has completely dismantled his high scoring midfield of a year ago. Who will replace the 35 league goals of Hourihane, Adomah and Snodgrass?

    The is no obvious method or logic to many of Bruce’s decisions. He assures us that he knows what he is doing, but unless he has his side moving positively in the right direction by Christmas, I can see he will be looking for fresh employment opportunities.

    If his ‘plan’ of heavily recruiting more and more fails, the next man in will have one hell of a mess to sort out. A shed load of disillusioned discarded players that will either need moving on or their faith restored and dissuaded from leaving. Then a large further group that need attention, as they reach the end of their current contracts in 2019.

    Regardless of how results on the pitch might pan out this term, the wasteful use of playing resources over the past couple of years has been dreadful.

  • Once again we are trying to win games playing hoof ball. WTF do they do in training all week? We might as well play 1-5-5 as midfield is bypassed at every opportunity. Bruce may say he knows what he is doing and he has won 4 promotions but he doesn’t seem able to inspire the team. Maybe the time is coming for him to be replaced? Watching this tonight was awful and the supporters who travelled to Ewood Park deserve yet another apology.

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